Oakwood has once again teamed up with CCS's students to create new uses for expanded metal, metal speaker grilles, and powder coated assemblies

This past fall, thirteen College for Creative Studies (CCS) transportation design and product design students were challenged to create concepts for applications of expanded metal and powder-coated technologies and processes. The competition was implemented in partnership with The Oakwood Group as part of CCSâ??s on-going Corporate Sponsorship program. â??Working with the CCS faculty and its talented students was fun and inspiring. The benefits were mutual, we provided the students with a real-world look at manufacturing constraints and business case analysis. In turn, the students provided us with unbridled creativity and fresh product ideas to use in our ongoing effort to provide innovative products to our customers. We are looking forward to organizing future collaborations with CCS,â? says Matt Gerwolls, Director Sales and Marketing, The Oakwood Group. Students were judged based upon four criteria: product efficiency, cross industry application, imagination and innovation. The winners of The Oakwood Groupâ??s Design Competition are: Sean Nemoto (1st place, CCS Product Design, $1,500), Harrison Schillinger (2nd place, Transportation Design, $1,250), and Ryan Thomas (3rd place, Product Design, $1000). Annually, through Sponsored Projects, CCS students develop designs that represent the future of innovation. For more information about CCSâ??s Corporate Sponsorships, visit http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/corporate